Most of recipe applications are optimized for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, the android, blackberry and other smart phones and tablets. The top programs provide the following functionality:
Search for recipes by ingredients, cuisine types, or your special preferences
Find recipe ideas based upon whether you want to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, or whatever type of food you enter.
Save your favorite recipes and compile shopping lists based upon what you need to follow each recipe.
Use recipes found in some of the most popular cookbooks, from top chefs or from user submissions.
Many recipe apps target niche areas such as vegan or vegetarian, gluten free, all meat, desserts, or they might feature applications from your favorite brands such as McCormick or Kraft.
These lifestyle applications are fantastic if you want to find and prepare meals that you may not try otherwise. Most recipe apps are free, or they have a free version which is easy to download. Some offer a premium version for a small fee, or there are many that are paid. In either case, recipe apps are always easy to find in the iTunes store or elsewhere online.
How Recipe Applications Can Improve Your Health, Diet, Budget and Most Importantly, your Cooking!
Many believe that that “smart phone generation” is far too busy and distracted to prepare their own meals. Eating out is the wave of the future and definitely the way of that large part of the population which relies upon smart phones and tablets to do most of their thinking for them. You know who you are.
Well, as with everything, “there’s an app for that”.. and mobile application developers have found a myriad of ways to combine our reliance upon smart devices with our need for daily sustenance. The ever popular recipe app has emerged as one of the most popular genre of smart device application available.
Recipe applications on tablets and cell phones provide at your fingers convenience while also providing tons of ideas about all of the fantastic meals that can be created at home if only we are willing to take a few minutes to search and then deal with a few pots and pans.
Eating In is Healthier and Less Expensive
There’s no question that it is healthier to prepare meals at home. You’ll have more control over what goes into your food as well as the preparation. You also have fewer chances to go off book and having something that is not on your diet or meal plan. It is much easier to tack on fries or dessert when you are at a restaurant, but when you at home, if you don’t have the ingredients for these unhealthy choices, you will not make them.
Also having the easy option to tack on extras is more expensive. However, in general, is it actually less expensive to eat in rather than dining out? Obviously, cost also greatly depends upon choices. If you want to eat organic, sustainable, local, fresh or if you have dietary concerns to consider, then grocery shopping and preparing your own meals is definitely less expensive. It is also easier to bring in a wide variety of options that are easy on your budget. Organic or vegan restaurants can be extremely expensive, and you get very little bang for your buck.
As you can see having these healthier options is also better for your health due to the healthier choices you can make at lower cost.
So how do recipe apps factor into actually helping you to become a better cook, eat healthier, and save money? Here is a summary if you still aren’t convinced:
If you want to cook but you aren’t all that great at ita good recipe app can assist you in choosing meal plans and recipes that fit with your comfort level. For example you can filter by difficult, cuisine type, preparation type, and many other criteria. You’ll also see how easy it can be to create meals that taste very good. Each success builds confidence, and the next meal will be even better.
If you have trouble figuring out what you can make with what you already have in your kitcheneven the most basic recipe app can help you by allowing you to search by ingredient. This saves you money because you won’t waste food that you already have. This saves you from having food go bad or expire.
If you need help managing your shoppingrecipe apps can, again, help save money by helping you to know what you need. Many people spend tons of time and money buying groceries then coming home to find that they already have a few items that they’ve purchased. Or we forget to get the one thing we needed to pick up to complete our recipe because we forgot our list. Recipe apps remove all the guess work, because all of the answers are right there on the phone. You can even pick a recipe while in the store and get everything you need on the fly.
If you are bored with eating the same old thing recipe apps can help you to mix it up. Sometimes general cookbooks focus on one cooking style or genre of food. As you know, information online is easy to filter, search and explore tons of options, and you aren’t confined to just your library of cook books. Going further, the ability to filter and search allows you to find what you need to fulfil your dietary requirements such as “high fiber” or “high iron”. Recipe apps can really help you to find better ways to make your diet more healthy.